NCAA Signing day: Minnesota stocks up on Manitoba recruits


Minnesota Crookston loaded up on athletes from Manitoba yesturday for signing day.

Brandon O’Connor/RB/6-3 176/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.

O’Connor helped lead the Pirates to a 5-2 mark on the season…He notched 830 yards on 107 carries with nine touchdowns on the season…O’Connor averaged 7.8 yards per carry…Also caught five passes for 55 yards on the year…Defensively, O’Connor made 15 tackles with four sacks and had two forced fumbles…As a junior, rushed 22 times for 132 yards and a touchdown…Named Team MVP in 2016…Named Player of the Week and an Elite Player of the Year nominee. – Source: Minnesota Crookston

Daniel Kabongo/DL/6-0 255/Winnipeg, Manitoba

Josh Diamond/DL/6-2 230/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey Collegiate

Notched 16 tackles as a senior for Vincent Massey Collegiate…Helped lead team to 6-1 mark…Played offensive and defensive line…Notched four tackles and a sack as a junior…Earned 2014 Vincent Massey Trojans JV Top Lineman…Named 2016 Varsity Top Lineman for his high school. – Source: Minnesota Crookston

Markos Bockru/DB/6-2 160/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Dakota Collegiate Institute

Had nine tackles and five interceptions on the season for Dakota Collegiate…Also had 3.5 special teams tackles and one blocked kick during his senior season…Played defensive back for the Dakota Lancers…A WHSFL 2016 Conference All Star in 2016…Named to As a junior, notched 8.5 defensive tackles and one special teams tackle…Was an Athlete of the Year nominee each season from 2012-15…Earned Gold and Silver Cup Awards at Athletic Banquet for 2015-16…Named to the All-Lancer Team in 2016…A WHSFL Honor Roll achiever in 2016…Earned the Lancer Award in 2016. – Source: Minnesota Crookston


Joel Fisseha/DB/6-2 201/Brandon, Manitoba/Vincent Massey High School

Played outside linebacker and wide receiver…Had five catches for 60 yards for one touchdown as a senior at Vincent Massey High School…Tallied 40 tackles with two interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries…As a junior, Fisseha had three catches for 23 yards…Tallied 55 tackles with two interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his junior season…Helped team to Currie Bowl Championship…Named Defensive MVP as a junior and senior. – Source: Minnesota Crookston

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